MR Imaging of Infectious and Autoimmune Disease   
Session 2: MR Imaging of Non-Infectious Inflammatory Diseases  
Walter Kucharczyk, M.D., Bernd J. Wintersperger, M.D., Organizers  
Skill Level: Basic  


This four-hour course in two sessions provides real life case-based teaching of diagnostic features to link the clinical presentation
of the patient to the imaging protocol and film interpretation.  Each of the two-hour sessions will focus on a major disease entity with
huge impact on morbidity, mortality and health care costs: inflammatory diseases and autoimmune diseases.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
List the most important infectious/autoimmune diseases that clinicians most commonly encounter, and that can be differentiated by MRI;
•  Differentiate different infectious diseases from autoimmune related causes;
•  Explain the impact of the diseases on morbidity and mortality of patients;
•  Link the clinical presentation to the specific findings in the MR imaging;
•  Describe the influence of new state-of-the-art MRI techniques for earlier diagnosis; and
•  Define the value of MR imaging for therapy management and patient outcome.

Audience Description

The clinical categorical courses are designed for clinical radiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists,
cardiologists, oncologists, practicing clinicians and scientists, from  beginning to advanced experience levels working in MR.

The final five minutes of each presentation will be reserved for questions.  
13:30 Autoimmune Disease of the CNS Val M. Runge, M.D.
14:00 Vasculitis from Head to Toe Tim Leiner, M.D., Ph.D.
14:30 Rheumatologic Joint Diseases  Phillip O'Connor, M.D.
15:00 Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s Disease and Colitis  Karin A. Herrmann, M.D.
15:30 Adjournment